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September 11, 2007








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In This Section:
New York Extends Energy-Efficiency Incentives
Homeland Security Offers Guidance On Illegals
N.J. Town To Use Restaurant Grease As Biofuel
Marin County Clears Up The FOG

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New York Extends Energy-Efficiency Incentives
Want to save on energy-efficient equipment? The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, NYSERDA, has extended its Commercial Kitchens incentive program through September 2008. The original program, set to expire this September, also has been extended to hospitality and institutional operators.

The "Smart Equipment Choices" program is now called Tier I. Operators purchasing equipment for new facilities or renovation of old facilities can get incentives of up to $1,000 on pre-qualified energy-efficient equipment if your stores are in New York, and you're a customer of certain utilities in the state.

Some of the equipment that qualifies for the program includes certain models of pre-rinse spray valves, combi and convection ovens, fryers, griddles, steamers, hot holding cabinets, ice makers, refrigerators and freezers. All you have to do is buy a qualified model, produce an invoice and copy of a utility bill and send them in along with an application.

If you qualify you also can get low-cost loans for efficiency changes, such as installing an energy-efficient HVAC system.

New incentives focus on gas equipment in Westchester and the five boroughs (but not Long Island), according to Mary Gordon, energy consultant with RLW Analytics, Troy, N.Y., the company that manages the Commercial Kitchens program for NYSERDA. For more information on the program, go to http://www.nyserda.org/Commercial_Industrial/CommercialKitchens. Or call Mary Gordon at 518/266-9428, ext. 302.

 

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Homeland Security Offers Guidance On Illegals
Concerned you might be targeted for employing illegal immigrants when you're not aware of your employees' unauthorized status? The Department of Homeland Security has published final rules on what to do if you receive what's called a "no-match" letter.

"No-match" letters can come from either the Social Security Administration or DHS stating that an employee's name and social security account number don't match, or that the employee's immigration status or employment authorization documentation isn't consistent with agency records. Under the law, you can be held responsible for knowingly employing the person unless you take certain steps.

The newly published rules give employers a "safe harbor" from prosecution by the DHS if they follow a two-step process after receiving a no-match letter. The complete rules, which go into effect on Sept. 14, can be found online at http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20071800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2007/pdf/E7-16066.pdf.


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N.J. Town To Use Restaurant Grease As Biofuel
To cut costs, the borough of Westwood, N.J., recently approved a plan to convert the town's fleet of diesel vehicles to operate on biodiesel fuel. The borough's administrator and a town councilman, who's also a longtime auto mechanic, proposed the idea. The borough council unanimously approved it.

Councilman Gary Conklin will convert a single public works truck to run on vegetable oil as a test. Conversion kits for diesel cars and trucks run anywhere from about $800 to $2,500, but the town hopes that local restaurants will contribute used cooking oil and other fats and oils they normally have to pay a hauler to take away.

The town could potentially save substantial fuel costs if enough restaurants donate used fats, oils and grease. To convert the town's entire fleet of diesel trucks, however, experts say the borough would have to purchase equipment to filter and refine used cooking oil to remove food particles and water content before it can be used as fuel.

Westwood's the first town in the state to try converting its fleet to biodiesel fuel, according to the New Jersey League of Municipalities.


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Marin County Clears Up The FOG
In a California county notorious for its fog (as well as its beaches and occasional sunshine), at least some of the FOG has been cleared.

A fats, oils and grease–FOG–ordinance passed in 2006 by the Central Marin Sanitation Agency in Marin County was clarified this year with an amended version. The new ordinance provides a variance procedure for new or remodeled restaurants that lets you install grease traps (up to 50-gal. volume) instead of a grease interceptor (750-gal. minimum volume) in certain conditions such as inadequate space for a grease interceptor or inadequate slope from a proposed grease interceptor to the sewer line.

The amended ordinance also clarifies the definition of a "major remodel," establishes the minimum requirements for a grease removal device for wok stoves and soup kettles in existing restaurants, and fixes the minimum size requirement for a grease trap at 35 gpm.

For the full text of the amended rules, go to
http://www.cmsa.us/media/archive/ordinance/2007-01.pdf.



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